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Reflections: How I Started Blogging

Do you ever feel like after years of confusion, you’re finally doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing?

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Because that’s how I feel.

Almost exactly one year ago, I started this blog. I wanted to give myself an outlet for my writing and photography, a place to share my recipes, a way to inspire others to lead healthier lives through fitness and nutrition. What started out as a simple hobby has become so much more — it has become my passion.

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During college, and in the many years that followed, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I loved to write.

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I love the way beautiful words can paint a picture in the mind. And the way reading about food, such as a juicy pear or hot homemade bread, can immediately make me imagine exactly how that food would taste and feel in my mouth.

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During college, I decided to pursue my love for writing in the form of journalism. In the summer of 2003, before my senior year, I interned at a tiny newspaper in rural Kentucky. Due to the small size of the paper, I was afforded the luxury of spending my internship actually getting sent out on assignments, instead of just picking up coffee for the real writers.

I loved my time at that newspaper. I was sent out around town, my aim to find fun “people’s interest” sort of stories. I interviewed residents at an ice cream shop on “National Ice Cream Day.” I wrote about new walking trails being added to the area (a front page story!). I attended a children’s community outreach weaving class, talking to the kids and writing about their experiences there. I even got to write a special column about my experiences studying abroad the semester before in Australia.

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When I graduated the following summer, I was offered a job at that little newspaper, but I knew I wouldn’t be happy living in such a rural area. I applied and applied and applied to DC area newspapers, magazines, and TV stations, with no luck. Eventually, I got a job working in PR.

But I was unhappy. I knew PR wasn’t for me, but I didn’t know what was. I wanted to be allowed to be creative and free with my writing, not restricted by press release formats and endless client approvals. I jumped around from job to job for 5 years. As I did, my interest in food writing and nutrition grew. I spent more and more of my free time reading food blogs and magazines and started doing a lot more cooking for myself. Little did I know, I was finally on the right track.

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In the fall of 2008, I decided it was time to cash in on a long-standing pipe dream: teaching English overseas. I spent an amazing 9 months in Prague, Czech Republic, teaching, traveling, and, of course, eating.

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While in Prague, I started my very first blog, called “Czech Anne Out.” It was a wonderful outlet for me to start writing more again and to share my growing interest in photography.

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When I returned to the U.S., I decided it was time. Time to pursue my dreams of a food-related career and go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian. I signed up for prerequisites, started studying for the GRE, applied to schools, and worked part time as an editor.

And I started this blog. Finally — everything was starting to fall into place.

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Friends ask me why I spend so much time writing, cooking, and photographing for this blog, and I say, simply — because I love it. I love making others drool when they see my food photos, I love taking the time to craft a perfect post, I love spending hours dreaming up and then bringing to fruition a new recipe creation, I love angling my camera to just the right angle and hearing the “click” when I finally press the button.

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In short, I love food blogging.

I think food blogging was what I was searching for all those years that I wanted to write, but didn’t know how or where to do so in a way that would make me happy. I want to be an RD not necessarily so that I can counsel clients… but so that I can write about food and nutrition, just in a more knowledgeable way. And I can’t wait to do so.

Comments

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    Jen Robinson says:

    Great post :)

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    I love this! And you bet I’ll be voting for a fellow Tar Heel! :)

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    I love this entry – very creative and unique, and a fun story to read! You are lucky to find what you truly love – not everyone does!

    Good luck with this – I look forward to your entries ! :)

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    It always makes me happy to see others pursue their dreams. Keep up the good work Anne. I look forward to reading your blog every day!

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    How funny that you worked for the New Era. One of my college roommates was from Hopkinsville. I also interned at a small, rural newspaper in college, but unlike you it showed me that journalism was NOT for me.

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    You are already a Star in my eyes, Anne. I love reading about your ambitions and play time. I am an empty nester and you have inspired me greatly. Thank you Dear.
    Keep the food and stories that accompany them coming.

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    PS I will certainly vote for you

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    This is such a genuine post! It totally captures your motivation for food blogging! Fingers crossed that you rock this contest! You have my vote fo’ sho’ :)

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    I am a Dietetic Intern so in about 1 year I will be an RD! Are you still working toward your RD?

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    Thank you for sharing your life with us.. I am loving this challenge. I posted my FBC this morning check it out and let me know what you think.
    Ashlee
    http://ashandlewplus2.com/2010/09/18/project-food-blog-ready-set-blog/

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    i love how you discovered your passion and just literally went for it. there was something that comes in and out for the past 10 years and the passion wasn’t strong enough for me to dig in or maybe because i didn’t believe in myself that i could do it. i’ve thought about it lately and decided to take one step to find out if its my passion.

    btw, i’m not new to your blog. i’ve lurked in here sometimes :P

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    I totally agree that sometimes, things just start falling into place. And you end up doing what feels like is meant to be yours. Lovely post and love czech pics.

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    You are going to make an fANNEtastic RD <3

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    This is definitely one of my favourite entries so far! I have been an occasional reader for some time now, and this is the best sense of “you” I think I have had so far. Great work!

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    Thanks for sharing this. It’s wonderful — and a great entry for the contest. I look forward to helping you out! Well done!

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    This is really nice. In fact, I agree with Kate — it’s one of your best entries, ever. And that’s saying a lot. Just let us know how to vote! :-)

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    I loved reading your journey to get to where you are now. I agree I put so much time into blogging because I love it too.

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    Anne, what a wonderful post!
    I’ve been reading you for a while now, but I never knew your whole story. We have much more in common than I thought!!
    I share your love for writing, it’s what I’ve been passionate about from day one. I also work in PR. I’m currently not happy in my job. I started my blog about healthy eating and running about 6 months ago, soon after I made the decision to go back to school for nutrition and ultimately become an RD. Right now I’m taking high school chem courses to apply. And I cannot WAIT.
    Will definitely keep reading to hear how school is going for you – good luck!!!

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    Very nice! :) Good luck with the contest! From someone who has known you over a decade now, it’s wonderful and uplifting for all of your friends to see you finally identifying and following your passions! :) Mwah!

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    What a great post. I love learning more about how people found their way into the blogging world.

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    Linda - a Canadian RD says:

    You will do great as a RD writer! I love reading your blog!

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    You keep writing em and I’ll keep reading em girl.

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    BTW – I did lots of long slow body stretches last night on the mat. I miss the off the floor mats at rehab but I’m almost able to get up off the floor without hurting myself now. It felt so good. Even if all I do for a few days is stretch at least it’s something and it’s a restart. Thanks for the response.

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    This sounds amazing! I’m on a journey like this myself and you inspired me to start my own blog. (again)
    My sister (re)planted the idea of teaching overseas and I wondered if you would be willing to share the name of the program you worked for. Thanks!
    I love your blog!

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      Sure! I didn’t go through a program to get a job, but when I first arrived in Prague I took a 5 week TEFL training course so I’d be more marketable. The course I did was called Oxford TEFL – http://oxfordtefl.com/ – and they have a couple other locations besides Prague. I’d definitely recommend them! :)

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    Your blog is fabulous! Thanks for sharing amazing recipes and tips–I now (most of the time, hehe) crave green beans rather than fries :) And my sister and I take requests for the vegan almond butter banana bars at work! I will be voting for you!

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    Love your story! Beautiful photography! You have a gift! Thanks for sharing!

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    Anne…
    Thanks for sharing how you got to this point – your passion shows through your blog. I enjoy checking in on you off and on…I even used one of your photo techniques on an antipasto platter we prepared today! Let us know where to vote!

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    Pat Elserry says:

    Anne, what a genuine, heartfelt entry! I’m on my way over to the Foodbuzz site to vote! Good luck!

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    A wonderful post, and I’m so happy you’re found your passion. It shows – in your posts, your pictures, your recipes… I’m so glad you’re sharing your passion WITH us!! :)

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    Great post! Good luck!!

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    Good luck! FYI: I tried the Black bean/spinach burger recipe along with the sweet potato fries….TWO THUMBS UP! :)

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    Great entry!

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    Glad to know via your entry post. Good luck in the challenge. I’m giving you one of my votes.

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    great writing, amazing story! Good luck with everything. Maybe if I visit Jillian I will get to meet you :)

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    I love this post! Good luck!

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    Aw I love this, it’s great that you found something you love… the reason I stopped pursuing writing is because I realized I don’t like writing about things I don’t care about! Blogging is the perfect solution :)

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    Hey Anne! Just started reading your blog and love it! Completely relatable because I was in my third year as an English major when I decided to switch to nutrition. I’m trying to get excited about running as well, so thanks for the inspiration!:)

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    Hi fANNEtastic Anne!
    I’ve just discovered your blog yesterday and I’ve read practically every recipe! I want to try all of them, trying to choose an order :) Mmmm… gotta try the muffins first. Thanks for the healthy recipes!

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      Hi Gina – welcome to the blog! :) I hope you love the recipes – start with my “favorites” section on my recipe page for sure. Let me know how you like them!

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    You wrote this a couple of years ago when I was going through similar things (no wedding though)…and I’m just finding you now! I am trying to grow as a writer. I feel a lot of the things you felt, more more so about the food than the writing! I look forward to discovering more of your stuff.

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    As a recent food/fitness blogger myself – really only just a little side project at the moment – this was an amazing view on the passion that is involved in food blogging. Many thanks for the inspiration!

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    I just found your blog and so glad I did. Spending the weekend cooking some of your yummy recipes. I’m new to DC and have been looking for fellow DC bloggers. So glad I found yours.

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